Monthly Archives: October 2009

College Men’s Lacrosse: Harvard Men’s Lacrosse Vs. Hobart Statesmen In Fall Ball Lacrosse (Video)


Harvard Men’s Lacrosse vs. Hobart University Statesmen in Fall Ball…

College Women’s Lacrosse Profile: Northwestern Lacrosse Attacker Katrina Dowd Recovered From A Torn ACL In High School To Star For The Wildcats In 2009 National Lacrosse Championship


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Katrina Dowd's high school ACL injury scared some Division I programs off the recruiting trail. Northwestern stuck with Dowd, who rewarded the Wildcats with an explosive junior campaign.

Amonte Hiller first noticed Dowd’s athleticism and stop-and-go ability at Yorktown (N.Y.) High School. Former Northwestern assistant coach Alexis Venechanos went to the same school as Dowd, so Northwestern knew Dowd’s background and had a good relationship with her coaches.

 

 

That was a good thing for Dowd, because timing wasn’t on her side as a high school junior. Right as the recruiting process started to heat up, Dowd tore her ACL and missed the remainder of the season. Several teams stopped recruiting her, but Dowd said Amonte Hiller always had confidence in her ability.

“A lot of things were going through my head, but I’m thankful that it happened because I got to see who believed in me,” Dowd said. “Kelly honestly told me that she still believed in me, thought I would come back, and still wanted me to be a Northwestern Wildcat. That stuck with me, and I knew that was the coach I wanted to play for.”

 

Northwestern trailed rival Penn 12-11 in the first overtime period of their 2009 NCAA tournament semifinal. After surrendering an 11-7 lead in seven minutes, the Wildcats’ backs were against the wall. The Quakers had put it to them, and Northwestern was looking for an answer.

It found one in Katrina Dowd.

With 0.2 seconds left, Dowd picked up a loose ball and flipped a no-look, over-the-shoulder shot from her knees to the upper right corner. No one believed it went in, not even Dowd. Umpires reviewed the play and found that Dowd had beaten the clock with the unthinkable.

“Given the goal differential, the fact that it was a semifinal game and that there were zero seconds left make it all amazing,” Northwestern attacker Danielle Spencer said. “Every time I think about that goal, it just blows me away. Katrina always makes great plays, but she’s never made a play like that. We still laugh about it today.”

Dowd’s highlight-reel, game-tying goal was the defining moment of Northwestern’s run to its fifth straight national championship, and the most impressive goal of her career. The circus-like tally also broke a record, as she shattered the previous NCAA tournament mark of 17 goals. It culimated a surge in the second half of the season.

When senior Hilary Bowen suffered a torn ACL halfway through the season, Dowd was shifted from her normal midfielder’s position to attack. Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller told Dowd she would have to step up. She responded by scoring 49 goals in the team’s final 11 games.

“Unstoppable would be a good word for it,” Amonte Hiller said. “When Hilary went down, we knew that Katrina was our next best offensive talent. I can’t say I could have predicted what happened last year. When Hilary went down, I was hopeful Katrina could fill her shoes, but she did way more than I could have anticipated.

“And it wasn’t like she wasn’t garnering attention. By the final four, they were keying on her defensively, and she still was creating opportunities for herself and making things happen.”

Early in the season, no one could have predicted Dowd’s offensive explosion. No less than a month before Bowen’s injury, Dowd didn’t even start for the Wildcats during a three-game stretch in early March as the team tried to change things up offensively.

“It was a motivational thing that I needed to step up my game and work on a lot of things,” Dowd said. “It wasn’t something I talked about with Kelly, but I knew what it meant and took it as it was — a wake-up call. There are other people who are just as good, and I can’t take my spot for granted.”

Not having to take part in every draw, run the length of the field and exert herself defensively, Dowd asserted herself offensively once in Bowen’s former position. She scored four goals against California when Bowen went down. Then, Bowen started mentoring Dowd in practices on little things to look for and when to be aggressive. With the added confidence, Dowd took off.

Dowd’s resourceful goal against Penn embodies her as a player. The then-junior fired a first shot that was turned away by Quakers goalkeeper Emily Szelest, but Dowd didn’t give up on the play. She plays with a relentless motor that would make the Energizer Bunny envious. She also has incredible stick skills, which is why teammates call her Trix. Dowd earned the nickname in high school, and it stuck at Northwestern.

But Dowd’s personality on the field is the antithesis of her personality off it. She is as easygoing, soft-spoken and care free away from the turf as she is intense, determined and concentrated on it.

“She’s pretty laid back about things; a real individual,” Amonte Hiller said. “She has her own style. The thing that epitomizes her most is that she rolls up to practice on a skateboard and says, ‘All right, let’s play,’ and turns the switch on.”

Amonte Hiller first noticed Dowd’s athleticism and stop-and-go ability at Yorktown (N.Y.) High School. Former Northwestern assistant coach Alexis Venechanos went to the same school as Dowd, so Northwestern knew Dowd’s background and had a good relationship with her coaches.

That was a good thing for Dowd, because timing wasn’t on her side as a high school junior. Right as the recruiting process started to heat up, Dowd tore her ACL and missed the remainder of the season. Several teams stopped recruiting her, but Dowd said Amonte Hiller always had confidence in her ability.

“A lot of things were going through my head, but I’m thankful that it happened because I got to see who believed in me,” Dowd said. “Kelly honestly told me that she still believed in me, thought I would come back, and still wanted me to be a Northwestern Wildcat. That stuck with me, and I knew that was the coach I wanted to play for.”

Only one other coach knows Dowd close to the way Amonte Hiller does. Team USA coach Ricky Fried, the head women’s coach at Georgetown, recruited Dowd in high school and works with her as part of the U.S. national team.

And just as Dowd answered Northwestern’s questions in the semifinal game, she answered Fried’s uncertainties about her injury.

“Her game was a quick game, and that was a concern coming off of the knee injury — is she still going to have that step to change direction?” Fried asked. “But the injury hasn’t hampered her at all, and she’s exceeded expectations.”

Dowd was a last-minute addition as an alternate on the U.S. team that traveled to Prague for the 2009 FIL World Cup. Though she didn’t see any game action, Dowd said she learned how to prepare herself for every game like a professional. In just a short time, she impressed Fried.

“Her joy of playing the game sets her apart. She has — for lack of a better word — a hop or bounce in her step,” he said. “She’s a spark plug. I don’t look at her as a physically imposing player, but she’s hard to keep track of. It’s always like, ‘Where the hell did she go now?’”

But Team USA won’t play for the World Cup for another four years. So, instead, Dowd has another, more immediate goal in mind.

“My big hope is number six,” she said. “That’s what we put down as our goal every year. I don’t want the senior class to leave without the prize. That’s the last memory I want.”

http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/DI/2009-10/news/102909_dowd

Lacrosse Analysis: ESPN/Inside Lacrosse Analyst Quint Kessenich Discusses Topics That Annoy Him About Lacrosse (Video)


ESPN/Inside Lacrosse Analyst Quint Kessenich explains 6 things in the sport of lacrosse that annoy him. Topics include, jerseys, handshakes, fall ball and more.

For more great lacrosse videos, go to http://www.insidelacrosse.tv

College Men’s Lacrosse: Minnesota-Duluth Men’s Lacrosse Announces Challenging 2010 Schedule Which Includes Michigan, Colorado, Arizona State And Cal Berkeley


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After finishing the 2009 season with a 13-4 record which included one of the toughest out of conference schedules in the country, winning their 12th UMLL title and making their 8th appearance in the MCLA tournament, the University of Minnesota Duluth men’s lacrosse team will be back at it again with a challenging schedule in 2010.

The 2010 Bulldog schedule includes 7 UMLL Conference matchups and 8 contests against out of conference teams. The out of conference matches the bulldogs against 4 teams who were at nationals in 2009 including University of Colorado, who the Bulldogs lost to in the quarterfinals, and University of Michigan the two time defending national champions.

The University of Minnesota Duluth opens the regular season on Jan. 30th to take on the Saint Cloud State Huskies. Two weeks later on Feb. 13th, the Bulldogs will play Mankato State University.

UMD then begins its out of conference games at the Chris Jenkins Memorial Tournament on the University of Minnesota campus Feb. 20th and 21st against The University of Pittsburgh and Lindenwood University.

On Feb. 26th the Bulldogs will play University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee before heading into a stretch of out of conference competition.

The out of conference matchups will entail three road trips. The first trip to Arizona will include matchups against Arizona State University on Mar. 15th, Grand Canyon University an NCAA Div. II program on Mar.17th, and Cal – Berkley on Mar. 20th. 

For their second trip UMD will meet the defending National Champion University of Michigan on Mar.27th at a neutral site in the Chicago, Illinois area.  The Bulldogs will conclude their out of conference games with a trip to Colorado to take on Colorado State University on Apr. 9th and  Colorado University on Apr. 11th.

The remaining UMLL play begins on March 17th when the Bulldogs will face UMLL rivals The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and an April 18th contest with Marquette University. UMD will then play Iowa State University on Apr. 24th, and University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point on Apr. 25th to wrap up the regular season and begin to prepare for the conference tournament.

http://www.umdlacrosse.com/

International Lacrosse: Team England Men’s Lacrosse (Video)


Team England practicing for World Games…

“College Lacrosse 2010”: Video Game Is Progressing Towards Availability On XBOX LIVE


**7 minutes of CL10 gameplay ending in OT win**

College Lacrosse 2010 was programmed by ONE person in SIX months. It will be available on XBOX LIVE for $5.

Depending on the succes of CL2010, it is our goal to continue making lacrosse video games for years to come. Please SHARE and RATE to help the cause!

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Lacrosse Injuries: Women Younger Than 20 Face “82 Percent” Risk Of Additional Surgeries After ACL Tear


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Women and patients under 20 years of age are more likely to need additional surgery for one of the most common knee injuries, a new study says.

Researchers analyzed reconstructive surgery outcomes from the largest number of patients included in a study of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and found:

• An 82 percent increased risk for additional ACL surgery for those younger than 20.

• A 43 percent increased risk for more ACL surgery in patients aged 20 to 29.

• Females require subsequent knee surgery about 18 percent more often than males.

• Patients whose surgeons performed fewer than six ACL operations a year or who had operations in hospitals that handled fewer than 24 ACL cases a year are at higher risk for repeat surgeries.

The study’s author, Dr. Stephen Lyman, director of epidemiology and biostatics at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, says younger patients are likely to be at higher risk because they are more active and less likely to follow rehabilitation restrictions.

Results were published this month in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

LEARN MORE: Go to http://www.mayoclinic.com and search “ACL injuries;” to read the report, http://www.ejbjs.org and click on “current issue.”

SOURCES: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/healthyliving/health/stories/DN-nh_healthalerts_1027gd.ART.State.Edition1.4bc206d.html